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The mineralogy of Ceres’ Nawish quadrangle

Carrozzo, F. G. and Zambon, F. and De Sanctis, M.C. and Longobardo, A and Raponi, A. and Stephan, Katrin and Frigeri, A. and Ammanito, Eleonora and Ciarniello, M. and Combe, J. P. and Palomba, E. and Tosi, F. and Raymond, C.A. and Russell, C.T. (2018) The mineralogy of Ceres’ Nawish quadrangle. Icarus: International Journal of Solar System Studies, 318, pp. 195-204. Elsevier. doi: 10.1016/j.icarus.2018.07.013. ISSN 0019-1035.

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Official URL: https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/abs/pii/S0019103517303305


Quadrangle Ac-H-08 Nawish is located in the equatorial region of Ceres (Lat 22°S-22°N, Lon 144°E- 216°E), and it has variable mineralogy and geology. Here, we report on the mineralogy using spectra from the Visible and InfraRed (VIR) mapping spectrometer onboard the NASA Dawn mission. This quadrangle has two generally different regions: the cratered highlands of the central and eastern sector, and the eastern lowlands. We find this dichotomy is also associated with differences in the NH4-phyllosilicates distribution. The highlands, in the eastern part of the quadrangle, appear depleted in NH4-phyllosilicates, conversely to the lowlands, in the north-western side. The Mg-phyllosilicates distribution is quite homogeneous across Nawish quadrangle, except for few areas. The 2.7 µm band depth is lower in the south-eastern part, e.g. in the Azacca ejecta and Consus crater ejecta, and the band depth is greatest for the Nawish crater ejecta, and indicates the highest content of Mg-phyllosilicates of the entire quadrangle. Our analysis finds an interesting relationship between geology, mineralogy, topography, and the age in this quadrangle. The cratered terrains in the highlands, poor in NH4 phyllosilicates, are older (̴2 Ga). Conversely, the smooth terrain, such as with Vindimia Planitia, is richer in ammonia-bearing phyllosilicates and is younger (̴1 Ga). At the local scale, Ac-H-8 Nawish, displays several interesting mineralogical features, such as at Nawish crater, Consus crater, Dantu and Azzacca ejecta, which exhibit localized Na-carbonates deposits. This material is superimposed on the cratered terrains and smooth terrains and shows the typical depletion of phyllosilicates, already observed on Ceres in the presence of Na-carbonates.

Item URL in elib:https://elib.dlr.de/125346/
Document Type:Article
Title:The mineralogy of Ceres’ Nawish quadrangle
AuthorsInstitution or Email of AuthorsAuthor's ORCID iDORCID Put Code
Carrozzo, F. G.INAF-IASF Istituto di Astrofisica Spaziale e Fisica Cosmica, Roma ItalyUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIED
Zambon, F.INAF-IAPS, Via del Fosso del Cavaliere 100, I-00133 Rome, ItalyUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIED
De Sanctis, M.C.Istituto Nazionale di Astrofisica, Rome, Italy.UNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIED
Longobardo, AINAF-LAPS, Via del Fosso del Cavaliere 100, I-00133 Rome, ItalyUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIED
Frigeri, A.National Institute of Astrophysics, Rome, ItalyUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIED
Ammanito, EleonoraUniversity of California Los Angeles Los Angeles, CA United StatesUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIED
Combe, J. P.Space Science Inst., Winthrop WA, USA, Lab. de Planetologie et de Geodynamique, U. de Nantes, Nantes, FranceUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIED
Palomba, E.Institute for Interplanetary Space Physics - INAF, Rome, ItalyUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIED
Tosi, F.INAF-IASF Istituto di Astrofisica Spaziale e Fisica Cosmica, Roma ItalyUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIED
Raymond, C.A.Jet Propulsion Laboratory, California Institute of Technology, Pasadena, CA 91109-8099, USAUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIED
Russell, C.T.Institute of Geophysics, University of California, Los Angeles, Los Angeles, CA 90095UNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIED
Journal or Publication Title:Icarus: International Journal of Solar System Studies
Refereed publication:Yes
Open Access:No
Gold Open Access:No
In ISI Web of Science:Yes
Page Range:pp. 195-204
Keywords:Dawn, Ceres, Mineralogie
HGF - Research field:Aeronautics, Space and Transport
HGF - Program:Space
HGF - Program Themes:Space Exploration
DLR - Research area:Raumfahrt
DLR - Program:R EW - Space Exploration
DLR - Research theme (Project):R - Project DAWN (old)
Location: Berlin-Adlershof
Institutes and Institutions:Institute of Planetary Research > Planetary Geology
Deposited By: Stephan, Dr.rer.nat. Katrin
Deposited On:19 Dec 2018 08:00
Last Modified:19 Dec 2018 08:01

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